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Key doesn't allways turn to start engine and sometimes key wont

Car does not allways do this and it has happened at times when I am not near a dealer. Car has been back to dealer twice and they have not solved the problem. The last time it happened was close to dealer and mechanic got it started and was told to shake steering wheel back and forth hard. This does not sound like a practical solution to a problem in a car that is only a couple of months old.

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  • pickle4him Nov 25, 2008

    Many cars have this - the steering wheel locks the key/ingnition. Just turn the wheel and should release. You shouldn't have to turn violently. My 2008 Rio does the same thing - and because of other cars I've owned, just knew how to release. I'm not sure why - may depend upon if wheels straightened or not.

  • jandl1947 Dec 17, 2008

    solved problem with powdered graphite. tried liquid did not work so tried powdered and solved problem. jandl1947.

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The reason you both are having that problem is in how you turn off the car, if the steering wheel is still turned either to the left or right, it will lock in that position. This is the design of nearly all newer cars.

It is designed to deter your car from being stolen. If someone tries to steal your car by the "screwdriver in the key slot" method, they may get it started, but they wouldn't be able to turn the wheel or steer the car, thus not making it very far down the road.

You'll also notice that some cars lock in one direction, but not in another, i.e. you can turn the wheel one way and hear it clicking but when you try to turn it the other way, it's nearly impossible with out turning the key or breaking the steering column.

There is no need for graphite powder or any other type of lubricant, (these may damage internal components of the ignition cylinder which is not covered under many warranties) but I feel the mechanic's description of "shaking" the wheel sounds too violent. You should only need to turn the wheel an inch or two in either direction (whichever way it will turn) and hold it while you turn the key to "ON" and to avoid the problem in the future altogether, make sure the wheels are straight before turning off the car.

I hope I could make this problem a little clearer for you. (And if you have a problem in the future with the ignition still "dinging" (like a door is open) when the key is out and the lights are off, be sure to mention to the mechanic about the graphite powder in the ignition cylinder, that stuff is really only supposed to be used in outside doors and locks being they may collect dirt and debris.)

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